Jan 282018

Spring 2018

Jennifer Johnson
1425 N. Second Street
Studio 25A
Philadelphia PA 19122

Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA. MFA Ceramics, 2016.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA. Graduate courses in Critical Theory, 1990-1991.
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA. BA Philosophy, 1985.


The Architecture of Remembering, July 8-12, 2017, Det gamle Rådhus, Skælskør, Denmark. Thirty-six houses and house-like structures, white stoneware, porcelain, wood fired, electric fired cone 10. This work is a response to Nina Hole’s “Himmel House,” produced while an Artist-in-Residence at the International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark.

Let me clear up a few things, February 17-20, 2016, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Tyler School of Art. Installation recreating a domestic setting including a centered rug with 15 cushions. Two card tables — one porcelain art object spotlit on a pedestal, one a performance space – flank the rug. A 24 ft organza curtain at the entrance flutters intermittently. “Puzzle” (video, 9 hr, 45 min) plays on a large hanging screen, offers a third card table with hands working on a puzzle. Behind the video screen is an attic space with boxes, other objects, and three more video projectors.

Installation of 65 tar paper cubes on Tyler Patio, October 2014, Tyler School of Art, “Funeral for Minimalism.” Cited in Natalia A Vieyra’s artblog review The elephant in the gallery — Carl Andre at Dia:Beacon.


Art in the Open at the Schuylkill Center, September 13–October 27, 2018, The Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia PA. “River Path Composition,” and “Orange Bench,” porcelain tile mosaics.

Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother, September 7-23, 2018, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. “Six Artists,” abstract, sculptural portraits of six women in clay and computerized embroidery.

Dear Fleisher, September 2018, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. “St. Martin’s,” two drawings in clay made from historic photographs.

The Woodmere Annual: 77th Juried Exhibition, June 2-September 2, 2018, The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia PA. “The Architecture of Remembering,” white stoneware, wood-fired.

Art in the Open, May 18-20, 2018, Philadelphia PA. Exploring the Schuylkill River Trail through embroidery and clay.

Inside Out, April 12-May 5, 2018, The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. “Powelton Village Iron Fences,” ceramic tiles.

Seventy-Sixers, at NCECA, March 15-19, 2018, Standard Ceramics, Carnegie PA. “Dreaming of Stairs,” functional porcelain sculpture.

Idle Hands, September 9, 2017, Pilot+Projects, Philadelphia PA, “Readymaking” performance of “Linen Napkins,” 7:40-8:12 pm, ironed violet linen table cloth and six linen napkins during exhibition opening. Video of similar performance vimeo.com/148297634.

Outside In, November 5-30, 2016, Scotts Mills Studios, Philadelphia PA, Women’s Caucus for Art, “Porcelain Card Table,” “Puzzle” (video, 9 hr, 45 min).

POST East (Philadelphia Open Studio Tour), October 22-23, 2016, Crane Old School, Philadelphia PA, “Vase Compositions: Arrangements in Porcelain.” Large installation of 50 porcelain vases mounted on 6′ x 6′ panel. Tiered pedestal display of 200 vases.

Common Inconsistencies, September 2015, Tyler School of Art. “Award Ceremony Juried by John Schlesinger,” an object-based performance including 9 white bricks with one golden side, inviting an expert to select awards for the 2nd year MFA student show, creating an award ceremony and presenting the awards to the winners. Video of the performance.

Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, June 2015, The Clay Studio, “Fake Windows on Lancaster Avenue.” Ceramic, video and photo installation about West Philadelphia, including: 52 inch x 55 inch panel with 375- two-inch square ceramic tiles are mounted on mesh, and arranged in a chain link pattern. Two videos can be viewed both on and through tiles. Shadows of the video are cast on the walls from the spaces between the tiles. Front video projection: Fake Windows (5 minutes, looping) is of a wall with nine fake windows on the 3900 block Lancaster Avenue. Rear video projection: Community Meeting (10 minutes looping) includes a recent community meeting convened to discuss the possible demolition of a block of historic buildings (3600 block of Lancaster Avenue).

First Year Review, April 2015, Tyler School of Art, Crafts, “Demolition at University City High School.” The installation includes a translucent hanging panel (400 ceramic tiles mounted on a 4 by 5 ft piece of mesh) and artifacts from the deinstallation of the Black Bottom Mosaic including tools, insurance certificate, and the broken bits of tile, mortar and other debris that was at the site. The video includes building demolition, the neighborhood, and abstract images.

Seeing West Philadelphia An on-going project for writing, photographs, and video about the changes happening in West Philadelphia. November 2014 – continuing.

First Year Show, September 2014, Walm Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA, “What Time Looks Like: Bricks and Orange Cheese Slices.”

Our Community, January 2014, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, “Intersection.”

Current Climate, January 2014, Crane Gallery 105, Philadelphia PA, “Juxtaposition.”

POST East (Philadelphia Open Studio Tour), October 5-6, 2013, Crane Old School, Philadelphia PA, “Binary Opposition: Two Views in Clay and Tar.”

Small Favors VIII, May 3-June 2, 2013, The Clay Studio, “Stack.”

Our Community, February 3-26, 2012, The Clay Studio, “Bowled Ideas.”

More about me
For the past thirty years I’ve had a broad set of professional experiences: Co-founded Current Designs, a small high-tech company which makes instrumentation for medical and scientific researchers; edited several journals including the American Economic Review and was a fact checker at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s publication department; cooked at the Commissary Restaurant in Philadelphia and Grendel’s Lair in Cambridge (MA).